Jets may have advantage over some teams in one area
Sure, most of the pundits predict the Jets to reside somewhere in the lower half of the NFL this season and not even compete for a title inside their own division.
Nevertheless, in the COVID-19 world that has altered the way NFL teams (and the rest of us) go about their lives, the Jets may have an advantage over some other teams that may have more talented rosters.
Because of continuity.
Continuity can be king in the coronavirus age that has erased offseason minicamps, significantly limited training camp practice time and completely eliminated preseason games.
Teams with new head coaches, new coordinators or new quarterbacks may be at a distinct disadvantage with so little time to work with each other and the regular season looming a mere month away.
The Jets not only return head coach Adam Gase for his second season, but he retained all of his coordinators and has quarterback Sam Darnold for a second year in the system.
This can, and should, provide at least some competitive edge for the Jets compared to other teams who enter this season with a much more turnover, beginning inside their own division — with the Patriots facing life without Tom Brady for the first time in 20 years and the Dolphins possibly working rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa into the lineup.
Can continuity give the Jets an edge over some of their AFC East competition?
“That’s a very good message, and I have spelled that out: If we’re any good, we’re supposed to be able to take advantage of that,’’ defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said. “That’s our responsibility. Also, the angst that other people may feel on some of those newly formed staffs, that comes from maybe never doing it before in that position.
“If we’re any good at what we’re doing, if we’re supposed to belong at this level, we should be able to adapt and improvise.’’
Gase on Friday referenced that he’s already noticed how much more Darnold is in tune to the system, based on when Gase starts to call out a play in practice, his quarterback already is walking back to the huddle because he knows the play and doesn’t need to hear the entire dialogue from the coach.
“Coordinators have a good feel for me, the communication is there, we’ve gone through a year, we’ve made changes from maybe the way I did something in Miami compared to last year to this year, which we’ve talked through,’’ Gase said. “So, it’s just another year we’re all on the same page, and I think there is some value that the majority of our staff has come back.
“We had a couple of [players] get opportunities other places and we’ve added a couple guys that have already been in Gregg’s system before, so that helps us a lot because there is continuity there in the coaching staff.’’
On the other side of the ball, it’s an offense that is Robby Anderson-thin at receiver, with Anderson having departed via free agency, and one of his newly acquired replacements, Josh Doctson, having opted out. Add to that rookie second-round draft pick Denzel Mims already on the shelf with a hamstring injury before practices even started and there’s concern at the receiver position.
So, all is far from perfect for the Jets. When is all ever perfect for them? But common sense would tell you that continuity should give them at least some advantage over the teams that don’t have it.
“Continuity and system tell me the Jets should be better,’’ former Jets offensive lineman and current ESPN studio analyst Damien Woody told The Post this past week. “The one thing about the Jets this year that they have going for them is they retained all their coordinators and there’s no new system that people have to learn.
“In an offseason unlike anything we’ve seen, the Jets are actually in a pretty good position because they haven’t changed any system — offense, defense or special teams. It seems like they’ve been changing coordinators and coaches every year. So, that’s a positive for the Jets. That’s what gives me some optimism.’’
How long the optimism lasts, of course, is another story for another day.
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